The Chiefs still appear to be in no rush to get Jamaal Charles on the field, or simply don’t feel he is ready to play. Limited in practice all week by his return from a torn ACL, coach Andy Reid announced the All-Pro running back is “doubtful” for Kansas City’s game against the Texans on Sunday, per Ian Rapoport for the NFL Network.
The news isn’t particularly surprising. Actually, at this point, it will be a pleasant surprise when the Chiefs say Charles is ready to return to the lineup. The four-time Pro Bowler was once again limited in practice all week, and Reid has given no indication of any timetable he might be on.
It isn’t particularly necessary that the Chiefs bring back Charles any sooner than when he’s 100 percent. Spencer Ware has proven himself a capable replacement, racking up 199 yards of total offense in the Week 1 opener against the Chargers. Plus, Charles is going on 30 years old, so reducing his workload right now makes sense, especially if the goal is to have him healthy and peaking for a potential Kansas City playoff run.
Still, Charles’ rehab from a second ACL injury has been unlike most we’ve seen. These days, players are returning to action faster than ever from this particular surgery, while the All-Pro back is pushing the absolute limits of the traditional one-year recovery we’re accustomed to hearing.
It’s not as if Charles isn’t running though, so it seems the Chiefs are just playing it safe. Regardless, it continues to be a situation to monitor.
In other Chiefs injury news, wide receiver Jeremy Maclin returned to practice on Friday, and Terez A. Paylor for the Kansas City Star reports defensive end Tamba Hali was out but will play on Sunday.